Aronui is a celebration of Rotorua and the people who live here, an opportunity for us to come together to enjoy a full schedule of entertainment which showcases the mauri (life essence) of what makes Rotorua unique.
We are blessed to have some amazing entertainers, artists and kaupapa Māori practitioners who want to share their talents with you as well as define why Rotorua is the heart of Te Arawa culture.
Titiro ki ngā kaupapa e whai ake i te marama o Mahuru. Take a look at all the events for September.
Aronui supporting indigenous arts development
Arotahi refers to the "fringe" events that are supporting the development of indigenous artists and performers.
Saturday Night Live by RBHS
September 11 - 19, 2020
Rotorua Boys High School
With a cast of majority indigenous students, Saturday Night Fever promises to be an fantastic production starring some of the best up-and-coming performing talent in Rotorua.
Mihi mai ki a Rosie Te Rauawhea Belvie and Matiu Hamuera who bring to life the essence of the Aronui Indigenous Arts Festival through our official video trailer. These two experienced performers tell us, while preparing for the video, they embraced the mauri (essence) of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother). Their performance also harnesses the wairua (spirit) of Te Arawa Rotorua ancestors, Hinemoa and Tūtānekai.